Sébastien Haller made an unforgettable debut in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old striker, who was not registered for the million-dollar ball by Ajax last season due to an administrative blunder, scored four times in the 1-5 away match against Sporting CP.

"This was a dream, you wait your whole life for these kinds of matches," the Ivorian international beamed.

"To score four goals in your first Champions League game and be named man of the match. It couldn't get any better."

Haller shot Ajax to a 0-2 lead within ten minutes and also signed for the last two Amsterdam goals in the first twenty minutes of the second half.

In three of his four hits, he benefited from preparatory work by Antony, who is also a strong player.

"It's wonderful to play with Antony," concludes Haller.

"He makes it difficult for every defender. Together with the coach's tactics, we are a difficult team to beat."

Sébastian Haller takes home the match ball after his four goals against Sporting CP.

Sébastian Haller takes home the match ball after his four goals against Sporting CP.

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'People will always doubt you'

It has not escaped the born Frenchman that since his arrival at Ajax, his qualities are regularly doubted by fans and journalists, although he says that he does not suffer from this.

"People like to talk about everything, that's how it goes in the media. They sometimes behave as if they know everything. You know that you will always be doubted, especially when you play for a team like Ajax. But I'm always up for it." keep believing in myself."

"I play for myself and of course for my teammates and my family. Hopefully the people who have always supported me have enjoyed this game."

Haller followed in the footsteps of Marco van Basten with his performance.

In 1992, the Dutchman was the only other player to score four goals in his Champions League debut.

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